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Diesel only: BMW 328d sedan will hit US showrooms in fall 2013

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It's not such a big debut, but anyway, the BMW 328d sedan debuted at the New York Auto Show this week. It features BMW's 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine with 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm in combination with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The BMW 328d sedan will be available as rear wheel drive and xDrive (all-wheel drive), plus a 328d xDrive Sports Wagon will be available as well. Preliminary fuel economy estimates for the rear wheel drive 328d Sedan are 32 mpg city/45 mpg highway/37 mpg combined, according to BMW.

More details and pricing will be available later this year. The options list will include Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines as well as M Sport.

All three models will hit the showrooms in fall 2013 as 2014 models.

Pictures: BMW


VA VA VOOM with the Renault Clio [Video]

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What a Test Drive! :D
Check out the Video and see what the "VA VA VOOM" Button does with the new Renault Clio ... and Boys, don't stop watching before the GIRLS appear ;)

A bit about the fourth Generation Clio:
All over the world the model is called 'Clio', except in Japan, there it's called 'Renault Lutecia'.
It's assembled in Flins (France) and in Bursa (Turkey). It's available as an 5-door hatch and 5-door estate and is based on the Alliance B platform.
What else ... it's 1,448 mm (57.0 in) high, 1,732 mm (68.2 in) wide and 4,062 mm (159.9 in) (hatchback)/ 4,262 mm (167.8 in) (estate) long. It was introduced at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
And as the Video shows, a Test Drive with the new Renault Clio seems to be a pretty fun thing!


Porsche Macan 2013

Porsche Macan Price 2013

The Base-Price for the new Porsche Macan will be at 47.500 Euro and the first three of five models will go into production in November 2013.
These first three are the Macan S with 340 PS, the 245 PS S-Diesel and the Macan Turbo with 400 PS. All of them feature a 3 litre V6 engine plus Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. Two more Porsche Macan will follow until 2015, these are a 233 PS Two-liter four-cylinder (in 2014) and a 204 PS Two-Liter Diesel.

Picture: AUTO BILD/Larson


Starting to plan the Road Trip to Lake Como for Concorso d'EleganzaVilla d'Este 2013

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After so many Years of "Damn, I've totally missed it!" and "I have no time this year" now in 2013 I will finally make it to the legendary Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Cernobbio at Lake Como, yay! \o/
It's held there from Friday May 24th to Sunday May 26th at the Villa d'Este and Villa Erba.

New Song: Nelly - Hey Porsche (Lyrics and Video)

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No, this won't turn into a Music Blog, but I've just discovered the new Single by Nelly (wuhu, he's back!) called Hey Porsche.

Lyrics: Nelly - Hey Porsche
Hey little Porsche, I wanna try ya
Crazy baby girl, there ain’t nothing like you
Hey little Porsche, so right I had to get ya
B-b-back it up, let’s roll, roll, roll

Girl lets go
You sexy thing, you turn me on,
I need a private show, here on the lawn, in my garage
I think you on a row, hey Porsche girl
I think you know what I wanna do
Come on let me slide under so I can work on, work on you

I wanna take your top off, celebrate this champagne pop-off
Yeah, we could turn the clocks off
No rush, baby we could just park somewhere
I don’t need nobody’s permission
No keys, push start to ignition, say

Hey little Porsche, I wanna try ya
Crazy baby girl, there ain’t nothing like you
Hey little Porsche, so right I had to get ya
B-b-back it up, let’s roll, roll, roll, roll

Hey Porsche

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013: Classic Weekend on Lake Como

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013: Classic Weekend on Lake ComoHey Guys
On the weekend of 24 – 26 May 2013, the spectacular grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como will once again be transformed into a unique stage for the most beautiful automobiles and motorcycles from the past and the most extravagant concept cars of the present day. First held at the same location in 1929, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este today ranks as the most traditional show of its kind in the world. It lays on an extensive programme throughout the weekend, maintaining an exclusive ambience for those involved but at the same time offering the wider public a chance to experience the “Classic Weekend” on Lake Como in the company of classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts. As well as the automobile Concorso for invited guests in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the Saturday, the adjacent parkland of Villa Erba will open its gates to all car and motorcyc…

Car of the Week: Renault Clio V6 Renault Sport

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After such a long time now finally a new "Car of the Week"!!

I've discovered this model car by maisto at the beginning of this week and immediately knew that this Clio V6 by Renault Sport had to be the first CotW since such a long time without any ...

The wide-body Clio V6 was built by Renault Sport up from 2001 as a "successor" of the famous Renault 5 turbo (built from 1980 - 1984). It was based on the Clio MKII and is a 2-door hatchback with a Rear mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout.
The V6 engine was upgraded to around 230 PS (169 kW; 227 bhp) and placed in the middle of the vehicle where the more ordinary Clios have rear seats - making this car a two-seater hot hatch. This Phase 1 models were built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing.

When the Clio V6 Phase 2 was launched in 2003 it was the most powerful serial produced hot hatch in the world with 255 bhp (190 kW), exceeding the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA (250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp)) and the SEAT León Cupra R (2…

Škoda 450 / Škoda Felicia

Skoda 450 and Skoda Felicia

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Who of you remembers the movies "Some like it hot" or "Ben Hur"? And who remembers in what year the famous Barbie was born? It was all in 1959. And what nice Skoda was built in this year, can you guess, ... a cute one ... got it? If not, I mean the Škoda 450 / Škoda Felicia. Never heard about it? Let's change that ;)

Cars at the IBO in Friedrichshafen Part 2

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Now Part 2 of the Cars seen at the consumer fair IBO in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

For Part 1 with US-Cars only check out: US Cars at IBO Friedrichshafen Part 1



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ZOE Expression comes with an on-the-road price of £13,650, after the Government Plug-in Car Grant deduction, while the Dynamique Zen and Intens versions cost £14,750. Battery hire is from £70 per month. In line with some other Renault model price increases applicable from 5 April, ZOE will be priced £13,995 and £15,195.

Standard equipment on Expression includes:

15-inch Aerobase wheel trims on Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres

R-Link – voice controlled TomTom satellite navigation with 7” touchscreen

4x20W radio

USB input, jack, SD multimedia and Bluetooth®

‘Range OptimiZEr’ – bi-modal braking system, heat pump and Michelin Energy E-V tyres

Chameleon charger allowing recharge time of 30 mins to 9 hours

Econometer, battery gauge and integrated mileage counter

Eco mode: reduces power delivery and reprogrammes heating and air conditioning systems to maximise range

Z.E. Connect – remote monitoring of battery charge and range

Z.E. (hot/cold) pre-condition…

Toyota GT86 Cup edition, limited to 86 units

Toyota GT86 Cup edition

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Toyota just launched a new limited edition of their affordable sports car GT 86, the Toyota GT86 Cup edition.


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Following the completion of its final development test in Aragon, Spain this month, Honda Racing Team JAS is ready and raring to go for the 2013 FIA World Touring Car Championship. The Championship will begin with the Race of Italy on 24 March 2013, finally ending in Macau on 17 November after twenty-four races.

Honda will be entering a two car works team. The drivers are Italian Gabriele Tarquini – 2009 World Touring Car Champion - and Portuguese Tiago Monteiro. Honda’s R&D has developed a completely bespoke 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine to power its Civic WTCC race car in the Championship, with Mugen providing trackside support.

The team got off to a flying start at the end of last year, entering the Civic WTCC into the last three races of the 2012 championship. This saw Monteiro claim the car’s first podium finish at Macau in November, while the Civic WTCC gained the second-fastest time (at 2:31.844) at the same race.

The Honda R&…